Diss Infant Academy and Nursery

Diss Infant
Academy and Nursery

 

Reception

 

 Welcome to Reception!  We have two Reception classes, Maple Class and Rowan Class.

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The Class Teachers are Ms Budgen and Mrs Simpson. Each class has a full time Teaching Assistant, Mrs Wyatt and Mrs Doe and the classes are supported by a part time SEN Teaching Assistant Mrs Mayes. 

Our school day runs between 8.45am and 3.00pm. Lunch is between 12.00 and 1.00pm.

A typical day in Reception involves two morning and two afternoon whole class carpet sessions and throughout the rest of the day children free flow between the classrooms and outdoor area. The children experience personalised EYFS objective led teaching which focuses on the children's interests and their styles of learning.

P.E. days are a Monday and Wednesday. Although we will not be starting P.E. lessons until after October half term, you may still send your child in P.E. kit on those days to help you with washing clothing after it has been worn for school. Please remember to send your child wearing clean clothes every day. 

Our Autumn second half term topic is Starry, Starry Night. 

We will be sharing stories and learning about people who help us, autumn, the dark, animals and hibernation and festivals which take place during this term. 

The children will begin their PATHS learning and we will share any homework linked to this on the Google Classroom so please make sure you and your child have logged onto this. 

Communication and Language and Literacy

We will be sharing and talking about stories such as Mog and the VET, Owl Babies, Can't You Sleep Little Bear, Whatever Next and the Nativity story. Here are some links to some of these stories. 

Mog and the VET

Owl Babies

Can't You Sleep Little Bear

Whatever Next! - 5 to 7 Years - Childrens

Whatever Next

digital projected nativity stage backdrops for school performances

When Jesus Was Born

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

We will be learning how to share and take turns when playing with others. We will learn about manners and why it is important to say 'please',  'thank you' and 'sorry'. We will follow the PATHS curriculum and talk about our class rules. 

Physical Development

We have begun our PE lessons twice a week on Monday and Wednesday. Children need to come in P.E. clothing on these days, have hair tied back and jewellery removed. We will learn to throw, catch and aim using different objects such as beanbags and balls. We will listen to some Yoga stories and learn to make different shapes with our bodies. 

We enjoy warming up to the Sticky Kids songs and actions. There are some links below to use at home. 

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Sticky Kids

 Mathematics

We will continue to learn how to subitize up to 5. We will learn the language of adding and subtracting 1 by using the terms "1 more" and "1 less". Please encourage your child to do this at home in lots of different contexts. When you are giving food to your child, ask "would you like 1 more?" Understanding 1 less is harder, so practice counting backwards from 10 to zero and teach your child that as the numbers get smaller, we are saying 1 less each time. If you have Duplo bricks at home, make staircases going up and down to help your child understand the "1 more and 1 less" concept. 

Here is a link to a useful website for teaching 1 more and 1 less. 

1 more and 1 less with number staircases

staircase counting frame for teaching one more and one less

 

 

 We will also be learning about the composition of 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and beginning to learn the number bonds for each number. 

Here is a link to a useful website for helping you to teach number bonds at home. 

Ideas for teaching number bonds at home.

Reading and Writing

You should have received a letter about the reading books we will be sending home for your child to share with you. Make a special time for reading, snuggle up together and celebrate the sounds and words your child recognises. Take time to read stories at bedtime and other points during your day. Please see the Google Classroom for more information about how we form our letters and how to pronounce the sounds we teach at school. 

 

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We will continue to send sheets of sounds and words home every Friday for you to add to your reading folder at home. Please try and practise these every day. 

Understanding the World

We will be learning about customs and traditions such as bonfire night, Diwali, Remembrance Day and Christmas. 

 

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 We are going to find out about animals and birds that come out at night time such as owls and hedgehogs and learn about hibernation and seasonal changes. 

We will learn about how to keep ourselves safe as the days get shorter. We will learn about road safety, using torches and being seen at night. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be looking at works of art linked to our theme. We will explore different role play and small world environments and enjoy making crafts and gifts for Christmas. We will learn to sing songs, play instruments and maybe get to perform a role in our Nativity story! 

 

 Starry Starry Night - Understanding the Lyrics to Vincent

Our Autumn first half term topic is Knowing Me, Knowing You

We will be getting to know each other and the adults in the classroom. We will be learning about how to keep ourselves safe and healthy by regularly sanitizing  and washing our hands. We will be investigating the different learning zones in the classroom and learning new vocabulary to describe the resources and equipment we find in the zones. We will be exploring our large outside area, learning to take turns with toys such as bikes and playing alongside each other when using equipment such as large construction. We will learn how to use tools such as glue spreaders, staplers and hole punchers in our Workshop zone. 

 

Communication and Language and Literacy

We will be sharing and talking about stories such as Goodnight Moon, Farmer Duck and Each, Peach, Pear, Plum. Here are some links to these stories. 

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon: Amazon.co.uk: Wise Brown, Margaret, Hurd, Clement: Books

Farmer Duck

Farmer Duck: Amazon.co.uk: Waddell, Martin, Oxenbury, Helen: Books

Each Peach Pear Plum

Each Peach Pear Plum By Janet Ahlberg

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will be learning how to select and use resources independently, take turns and take responsibility for an area of the classroom to keep tidy each day. 

 

Physical Development 

Children will have opportunities to use outdoor equipment such as bats, balls, hoops, balancing toys and bikes. After October half term we will begin to have weekly P.E. lessons on Monday and Wednesday. Children need to come in P.E. clothing on these days, have hair tied back and jewellery removed. 

 

Mathematics

Children will will sing number songs and play counting games. We will learn to count sets and subitise numbers up to 5. We will compare sets and look at the composition of numbers up to 5. 

What is subitising?

What is subitising? | Oxford Owl - YouTube

Reading and Writing

Children will have a weekly sheet of letters and sounds to learn. Gradually, tricky words will be introduced and eventually we will send home a book to read at home. Please practise the letters and sounds every day. 

We will also have a daily handwriting lesson in school and children will be taught to write using the cursive script. Here is an example of how we write our letters. 

 

 

Understanding the World 

 We will begin to identify and compare features of our school and home environment. We will talk about how we have grown and changed since we were babies. We will talk about and share special events at home and in our community. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will use the Creative, Painting, Workshop and Role Play Zones in the classroom to investigate different media, fixings, and ways of joining materials together to make models. We will use role play and small world environments to develop narratives and tell stories. 

PATHS 

 

 

 Every day we will be running PATHS sessions in class. This is a PSHE programme which empowers children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which enable them to make positive choices throughout life.

As part of this, each day there will be a Child of the Day. This is a randomly selected pupil who will receive compliments from their teacher, friends and themselves. At the end of the day, they will bring home their compliments to share with their family. We ask that you talk to your child about this and share your own compliments with them. 

 HOMEWORK 

 

 

 We will be posting Reception homework on our Google Classroom and you will shortly have a letter inviting you and your child to join the classroom. Due to the current Covid restrictions, we ask that homework is not sent in to school. Completed work can be uploaded to Google Classroom but this is not compulsory.

 

If you have any questions, concerns or queries please come and see a member of the Reception team. We are available in the Reception playground at the end of the school day or please arrange an appointment at the office if you require a longer meeting.